we’ve been closely following this year’s burning man, and now you can too. with the event now underway, organizers have set up a live stream for those who can’t take part in this year’s festivities. the footage captures the scale of the spectacle, with installations, sculptures, observatories and participatory experiences being erected on nevada’s sprawling black rock desert.


all images and video courtesy of burning man

 

 

burning man’s 2018 theme is ‘I, robot’, focusing ‘on the many forms of artificial intelligence that permeate our lives; from the humble algorithm and its subroutines that sift us, sort us and surveil us, to automated forms of labor that supplant us. are we entering a golden age that frees us all from mindless labor? everything, it seems, depends on HMI, the human-machine interface. in a world increasingly controlled by smart machines, who will be master and who will be the slave?’

 

stay tuned for designboom’s ongoing coverage from the playa, and, in the meantime, keep an eye on the desert happenings at the top of this page.

 

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